Joseph A. Teisan - March 2019
HOW IS GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL WISDOM
MICRO-MANAGING MY LIFE?
Some people say that God has no plan at all. Others believe that God has a very general plan for their lives. There is a third group of Christians who believe that God has an exact plan and that His plan extends to the smallest detail in the life of a Christian. Am I the master of my own life or am I fitting myself into God’s great Master Plan for His eternal glory and for my eternal happiness? What do you believe? What does God’s Holy Word say?
Before looking at Scripture, consider these questions: Do you make plans? Are they in detail? Do parents have exact plans for the training of their children? Does it take detailed planning to run a home, drive a car, go to school or work at your job? Does God plan any less than we do? Is it possible for God to plan and control all the great events in general, if He does not plan the smallest events in particular? Does the Bible give evidence that God has an exact point by point plan for each of His children? Did God know my name and write it in the Lamb’s book of life “from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 17:8)?
“Through His providence God controls the universe (Ps. 103:19), the physical world (Mat. 5:45), the affairs of nations (Ps. 66:7), man’s birth and destiny (Gal. 1:15), man’s successes and failures (Lk. 1:52), and the protection of His people (Ps. 4:8) . . . Man is not free to choose and act independently from God’s will and plan, he chooses and acts in accordance with them. In His sovereignty, God controls man’s choices and actions (Gen. 45:5, Dt. 8:18, Prov. 21:1). God’s actions, however, do not violate the reality of human choice or negate man’s responsibility as a moral being . . . God permits sinful acts to occur, but He does not cause man to sin (Gen. 45:5, Rom. 9:22). He often overrules evil for good (Gen. 50:20, Acts 3:13).” (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Ed. By H. Lockyer, article on Providence, p. 883, 1986).
MEMORY VERSES SHOWING GOD’S DETAILED PLANS FOR MY LIFE
“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23). Christ, “is the perfect imprint and very image of God’s nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power” (Heb. 1:3, Amplified Bible). Christ “is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17, NIV). “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). “You are Lord alone; you have made heaven . . . and all things that are therein . . . and you preserve them all” (Neh. 9:6).
“Being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will . . . that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ” (Eph. 1:11-12).
“Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shall You restrain” (Ps. 76:10). “And God said to him in a dream . . . I also withheld you from sinning against Me: therefore I did not let you touch her” (Gen. 20:6). “And Joseph said to them . . . But as for you, you intended evil against me; but God intended it for good to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Gen. 50:19-20). “This Jesus, when delivered up, according to the definite and fixed purpose and settled plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified . . . by the hands of lawless and wicked men” (Acts 2:23, Amplified Bible).
Joseph A. Teisan
(1931 – 2018)